Difficult to Cure

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Difficult to Cure
Difficult to cure.jpg
Cover design by Hipgnosis
Studio album by
Released3 February 1981
Genre Hard rock
Label Polydor
Producer Roger Glover
Rainbow chronology
Down to Earth
Difficult to Cure
Jealous Lover
Singles from Difficult to Cure
  1. "I Surrender" / "Vielleicht Das Nachste Mal (Maybe Next Time)"
    Released: January 1981
  2. "Can't Happen Here" / "Jealous Lover"
    Released: June 1981
  3. "Magic" / "Freedom Fighter"
    Released: 1981 (Japan only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 6/10 [2]

Difficult to Cure is the fifth studio album by the British hard rock band Rainbow, released in 1981. The album marked the further commercialization of the band's sound, with Ritchie Blackmore once describing at the time his appreciation of the band Foreigner. [3] It became the band's highest-charting album on the UK Albums Chart, where it peaked at number three.



The album material was started with singer Graham Bonnet still in the band, getting as far as recording an early version of "I Surrender", before Bonnet left the band due to his dissatisfaction over the material. American singer Joe Lynn Turner, formerly of Fandango was recruited and sang over already completed musical tracks. Turner stated that, because of this, he was singing in higher keys than he would do normally (and would do subsequently). [4]


The album's cover (designed by Hipgnosis) had originally been intended for use on Black Sabbath's 1978 release Never Say Die! . [5] "I Surrender" would be the band's highest charting single in the UK, reaching No. 3. [6]

The original 1981 LP and cassette releases had the title of the fifth track as "Vielleicht Das Nachster Zeit (Maybe Next Time)". This was a mis-translation from the German, which was corrected on later releases. However, the "corrected" version still is not perfectly grammatical, as the correct German for "Maybe Next Time" is "Vielleicht beim nächsten Mal".

The laughter at the end of the last track is a sample of Oliver Hardy. On the original LP, the laughter is an endless loop as it plays in the run-out groove, while on CD it loops a few times before fading out.

A remastered CD reissue was released in May 1999, with packaging duplicating the original vinyl release.

Track listing

Side one
1."I Surrender" Russ Ballard 4:01
2."Spotlight Kid" Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover 4:54
3."No Release"Blackmore, Glover, Don Airey 5:33
4."Magic"Brian Moran4:07
5."Vielleicht Das Nächste Mal (Maybe Next Time)" (instrumental)Blackmore, Airey3:17
Side two
6."Can't Happen Here"Blackmore, Glover4:57
7."Freedom Fighter"Blackmore, Glover, Joe Lynn Turner 4:21
8."Midtown Tunnel Vision"Blackmore, Glover, Turner4:31
9."Difficult to Cure (Beethoven's Ninth)" (instrumental) Ludwig van Beethoven, arr. by Blackmore, Glover, Airey5:57





UK BPI 1981Gold (+ 100,000) [14]
Finland Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland 1981Gold (+ 25,000) [15]

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